Plastic Figurines at New Diorama Theatre
Plastic Figurines is a new and invigorating example of what a performing arts piece ought to be. It is lit with raw emotion, and playwright Ella Carmen Greenhill’s genius is certainly deserving of the total praise and recognition this play is guaranteed to get for its wholly realistic renderings.
The story of follows a mismatched sister-brother pair who are coping after the loss of their dear mother from leukemia. Rose (Vanessa Schofield) had to abandon her life in Edinburgh to become the caregiver of her extremely autistic brother Michael (Jamie Samuel) in Manchester, which proves to be challenging as Michael’s bluntness is often hurtful to the emotional Rose. It is absolutely amazing how a cast consisting of a mere two actors is able to carry a performance centring such a demanding theme so comfortably.
The audience is gallantly offered a true-to-life likeness that cannot but be attributed to the completely immersive acting. ArtsEd graduate Samuel is beyond excellent in his portrayal of young Michael. He never once does abandon character throughout the show and, like a truly autistic person, he manages to stay within his “own little world”. Schofield is likewise a noteworthy performer. Rose’s solitary contemplations were done with such pure emotion that you forgot it was an act. The play was also well-aided by the directorship of Adam Quayle, and he must therefore also be acknowledged for the stunning play of these amazing actors.
Katie Scott was responsible for the design in Plastic Figurines and in a coordinated effort with lightning designer Richard Owen, a truly brilliant scene was established. It consists of a mere hospital setting – waiting room to be precise – but it simultaneously functions as more than that. By keen use of light it likewise becomes their childhood home. The rationale behind it being a waiting room is because that is where they were on a daily basis when their mother was dying and therefore it occupies their mind even though she is gone.
Plastic Figurines is a fantastic performance that will tenderly tug at your heartstrings.
Plastic Figurines at New Diorama Theatre from 27th September until 22nd October 2016, for further information or to book visit here.
Watch the trailer for Plastic Figurines here: